Tyler Davis projects as a critical piece of a puzzle. The 6-9, 270-pound center has fashioned a reputation for himself as an enforcer, yet one who also possesses an admirable degree of skill.
Davis performed very well during the summer prior to his senior year, particularly at the illustrious Peach Jam last July.
Despite that success, however, he didn’t command quite enough credit to earn an invitation to last month’s McDonald’s All-American game. Thus, when we saw him at last week’s Jordan Brand event, he brought an extra heaping of vigor to the festivities.
”Definitely, I’m going to play with a chip on my shoulder,” Davis said, prior to last weekend’s game. “I let go of (the snub), that’s in the past, but I’m definitely going to play with a chip on my shoulder.”
|Davis loves to scrap inside and use his shoulders and hips to clear space|
Davis certainly doesn’t have anything to prove in terms of competitiveness. He ferociously attacks opponents and makes plays by virtue of brawn and will, two qualities that will serve him well in college. He doesn’t yet produce consistently on offense and isn’t the most explosive athlete, but he’s taking steps to accentuate what he does best and to address his current shortcomings.
”I personally believe that I can play with anybody,” Davis said. “But my conditioning isn’t that good right now. I have my good plays, but you can see I get winded quick. That’s something I really have to work on this summer.”
The Aggies compiled a 20-win season in 2014-15, but they have their eyes on bigger things in the immediate future. With such a talented incoming class — one that also includes top-40 frontcourt talents Elijah Thomas and D.J. Hogg, plus wing Admon Gilder — expectations in College Station are soaring.
Davis believes that he can provide a tough, steady hand to the enterprise.
”I think I can bring leadership and a post presence that we need,” he said. “Also, just a work ethic, I want to lead everyone to work and be successful as a freshman.
”I’m not going out trying to do me out there, just try to help us be a great team. You go out there and play as a unit. I just want to win.”
Prior to his arrival at A&M, Davis will strive to raise his fitness and skill level.
”I have to start using my left hand more and definitely conditioning, which is always something I need to work on,” he said. “I’ll focus hard on that with Coach Darby (Rich) at A&M.”
Sooner than later, look for the results to become clear.